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Feeder parade passes Catholic church

BBC - 2 hours 43 min ago
An Apprentice Boys feeder parade past St Patrick's Catholic Church on Belfast's Donegal Street passed off without incident.

Legal bid over murdered man's diary

BBC - 2 hours 43 min ago
Lawyers for the family of high profile Sinn Féin official and republican informer Denis Donaldson want Irish police to hand over his secret journal.

Police investigate toddler's death

BBC - 2 hours 49 min ago
Detectives say they are treating the death of a two-year-old girl at a property in the town of Kelty in Fife as 'suspicious'.

VIDEO: Interest in Alibaba's US share debut

BBC - 2 hours 49 min ago
The success in Weibo has investors excited about the US stock debut of Alibaba, which is China's largest internet company.

'Murder,' South Korean Leader Says Of Ferry Captain's Actions

NPR News - 2 hours 50 min ago

President Park Geun-hye says the captain did little to help the hundreds on board escape. More than 60 bodies have been recovered. More than 230 people, most of them high school students, are missing.

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MP killed by car bomb in Somalia

BBC - 2 hours 57 min ago
A car bomb kills an MP and injures another in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as the government hosts a security conference.

Ferry deaths 'murder' - Korea leader

BBC - 3 hours 16 min ago
South Korean President Park Geun-hye condemns the conduct of some of the crew of the ferry that sank last week, calling it "akin to murder".

Whedon releases new film on demand

BBC - 3 hours 22 min ago
Avengers director Joss Whedon surprises fans by releasing his latest film online on the same night as its US premiere.

Woman dies in three-vehicle crash

BBC - 3 hours 23 min ago
A 52-year-old woman dies and an 18-year-old man is in a critical condition following a crash in East Ayrshire.

Russia plans Crimea casino boom

BBC - 3 hours 28 min ago
Russia's President Putin presents a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, now that the Kremlin has made it part of Russia.

Huge increase in serious skin cancer

BBC - 3 hours 29 min ago
Wales has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer since the 1970s, says a cancer charity.

The Boston Marathon Through The Eyes Of Two Men Who Love It

NPR News - 3 hours 50 min ago

The 117-year-old road race is full of lore and rich with history. We talk to two men who likely know the marathon better than anyone else on the course today.

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VIDEO: Netflix dominates streaming market

BBC - 3 hours 51 min ago
Netflix now accounts for more than half the video streamed over the internet.

Kelpies sculptures on public display

BBC - 3 hours 53 min ago
The Kelpies, Scotland's largest art installation, has opened to the public at the Helix Park in Falkirk.

It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule

NPR News - 3 hours 56 min ago

More than 36,000 runners and an estimated 1 million spectators are going to be on and along the streets for the 118th marathon — the first since last year's bombings.

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Teachers vote for strike in June

BBC - 3 hours 57 min ago
National Union of Teachers' conference votes for a summer-term strike over pay and workload.

God quietly rules the box office

A movie you may have never heard of has quietly made a fortune at the box office. The budget of the Christian indie film "God's Not Dead" was dirt cheap relative to other films atop the box office charts.

The production budget was less than $3 million, but faith-based movies have a way of making good money using unconventional marketing, all while flying far below the mainstream radar. The film itself is fairly conventional, structured a bit like a boxing movie, except the hero and villain are a Christian student and his skeptical philosophy professor. Rather than a ring, their climactic battle is a classroom debate over whether God exists.

Most critics, including some Christians, have been dismissive of the film. But that’s had little impact on its appeal. In part, that’s because the Christian filmmakers knew their audience and how to craft a story they would respond to. As if for good measure, they also threw in cameos from a popular Christian band and even members of the “Duck Dynasty” family.

The way films like this become hits is more about what happens off screen: the film’s low-key, but highly targeted marketing got pastors around the country to endorse the film. A thumbs up from the clergy meant their congregations bought advance tickets and filled buses to go see it, some traveling long distances.

“A lot of the success has been solely because of churches that have gotten behind this movie,” says David A. R. White, who produced and starred in the film. “In fact, we had almost a million dollars in presales before we even opened.”

That set up an opening weekend shocker. The tiny film grossed $9.2 million, showing up on box office charts just behind the lavishly promoted “Divergent” and “Muppets Most Wanted.”

One number in particular caught Hollywood’s eye. The movie was in a small amount of theaters. But it was raking in nearly $11,000 per screen, well ahead of expensive blockbusters. It also performed well in small markets. Theater owners took notice and the film has expanded to more theaters ever since stunning the movie industry on its opening weekend.

“’God’s Not Dead’ is one of the films that we will point to to say that this is a great genre, faith-based films are here to stay,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at box office tracking firm Rentrak.

Drawing more Christians is one way Hollywood aims to get closer to its object of worship: money. The big-budget “Noah” got a mixed response. But “God’s Not Dead” has movie producers faithful and godless alike, taking notice and taking notes.

VIDEO: 'I had 2cm deep hole in my leg'

BBC - 4 hours 15 min ago
New figures show that malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is now five times more common than it was in the 1970s.

Teen told 'too young' for cancer

BBC - 4 hours 19 min ago
A teenage girl is told she had a yeast infection by doctors who failed to spot she had cervical cancer.

Radcliffe play wows Broadway critics

BBC - 4 hours 23 min ago
Actor Daniel Radcliffe gets five-star reviews for the Broadway production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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